Used Keys Stay Shiny

Benjamin Franklin makes the observation that it is the used keys that are shiny.   There is no intent to keep the key shiny, but it is a happy side effect of their use (unintended consequence).

Since I read this in Franklin’s autobiography (listened to it on a recording actually), the simple mental image of a shiny key is a constant reminder to me that to keep a skill shiny you have to actually use it.   Simple.  Elegant.

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